The CN Police Service is seeking public help in its investigation of vandalism to a railway bridge.
During a routine inspection, significant damage to a wooden supporting pillar was discovered in the bridge that crosses over Highway 744, just east of the traffic circle in downtown Peace River.
Authorities believe the damage to have been done intentionally sometime between January 17 and February 22.
CN Police Constable Ryan MacArthur is leading the joint investigation, which includes the Peace Regional RCMP and Town of Peace River By-Law Enforcement unit.
MacArthur said that that the investigation has ruled out accidental damage as a cause, and he believes it was made using either a chainsaw, an axe, or another type of sharp object.
“It’s intentional, it has a very clean bottom,” he added. “It’s obviously very intentionally done.”
MacArthur is hoping the public may have seen something, or may be aware of information that may be important to the investigation.
“We are seeking public help from anyone that has any information about anyone related to what may have happened, or help us gain any intelligence on anyone who may have spoken about anything to do with the vandalism,” MacArthur said.
He can be reached directly at 780-472-3237, at the CN 1-800-465-9239 number, or by e-mail at email@example.com.
A structural inspection was carried out following the discovery of the damage, and there are no concerns with the structural integrity of the bridge.
“The bridge is structurally sound,” MacArthur said. “We will be replacing that particular pillar once the ground thaws. But in terms of how that’s structurally…
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